Za’atar Flatbreads

This versatile dough is a breeze to make in a food processor and can be used for Middle Eastern–style flatbreads or pizzas with various toppings. The Greek yogurt makes a supple dough that’s easy to work with and that bakes up with a chewy-soft crumb and subtle richness. Note: Don’t under-mix the dough in the food…


Blueberry Muffins 

I got this recipe online for Flour Bakery’s Blueberry Muffin recipe. I don’t yet have any of Joanne Chang’s cookbooks, but rest assured, I will be getting them soon. INGREDIENTS  3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/3 cups granulated sugar5 ounces butter melted and cooled slightly1 cup whole milk1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon lemon zest1 cup sour cream2 large egg at room temperature1 large egg yolk2 cups  fresh or frozen blueberries…


Chocolate Cake

Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa 1¾ cups all-purpose flour2 cups sugar¾ cups good cocoa powder, such as Valrhona2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup buttermilk, shaken½ cup vegetable oil2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 cup freshly brewed hot coffeeChocolate Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) Preheat the oven to…


lemon meringue pavlova

This Lemon Meringue Pavlova is lemony, sweet, and so delicious! All the flavour of a lemon meringue pie but on a soft pillowy Pavlova meringue. Pavlova: 1 cup granulated Caster sugar ( in a food processor for a minute or two)2 tsp cornstarch6 large egg whites Lemon Curd: 3 egg yolks1/2 cup sugarzest from 1 lemon1/4 cup lemon juice1/4 cup butter Whipped Cream: 2…


Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 3/4 cups water Instructions Combine the quinoa and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.Remove from the heat and let it sit, covered for 10 more minutes.Fluff with a fork. Salad 3 cups packed chopped fresh curly-leaf parsley1 cup packed chopped fresh…


Pasta with White Clam Sauce

1 pound linguini Salt 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 6 fillets flat anchovies, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 (15-ounce) can whole baby clams, with their juice Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped Directions Bring a large pot of…


Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze

3 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger Vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each On the side burner, melt the brown sugar, honey and butter in a…


Lebanese Spicy Potatoes

Batata Harra is a Lebanese spicy potatoes side dish that’s full of flavor. Easy to make and perfect to serve as part of a mezze or with grilled meat dishes! Ingredients 8 medium gold potatoes peeled and cut into cubes 2 tablespoons olive oil divided ½ teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves minced 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes divided ( I used 1 teaspoon divided ) 1 cup chopped cilantro divided…


Cranberry Swirl Bundt Cake

This delicious cake is a fabulous way to make use of leftover cranberry sauce. INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter, softened1 cup sugar2 large eggs1 teaspoon almond extract1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 cup sour cream1/3 cup chopped walnuts or Pecans1 can, 14 ounces whole-berry cranberry sauce GLAZE 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar2 to 5 tablespoons whole milk or heavy cream1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 10- to 12-cup Bundt pan…


Latkes

  Easy, Simple and Delicious INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes such as Russet (3 to 4 potatoes)1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered1 large egg2 tablespoons matzo meal or unseasoned dry breadcrumbs1 teaspoon kosher salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 cup canola oil Applesauce and sour cream, for serving INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oven and fit one baking sheet with paper towels and another with a cooling…


Stuffed Cabbage

1 4–5 pound head green cabbage Meat filling2 pounds ground minced meat2 eggs, beaten together½ cup long-grain rice, parboiled for 3 minutes1 cup fresh bread crumbs1 onion, grated on coarse side of a box grater2¼ teaspoons salt½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper Sauce2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 medium onion, finely minced1 28-ounce can tomato pureed1/3 cup…


LEMON-BLUEBERRY YOGURT LOAF

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar3 extra-large eggs2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/2 cup vegetable oil1 1/2…


Za’atar Chicken Schnitzel with Israeli Salad

FOR THE SALAD: In a large bowl, combine the bell pepper, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. FOR THE SCHNITZEL Heat the oven to 200 F. Place an ovenproof platter or a baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together the flour,…


Strawberry Cream Cake

Every summer I anxiously await the arrival of locally grown sweet, red strawberries. Think of a simple sponge cake, sweet strawberries and a whipped cream frosting. This cake will be an annual tradition because it’s not difficult to make, it looks beautiful– best of all, it’s incredibly delicious! Ingredients CAKE: 1 1/4 cups cake flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon table…


Greek Wings

Zest and juice of 1 lemon 6garlic cloves, crushed ½cup extra-virgin olive oil 1Tbsp. cracked black pepper 1¼ tsp. kosher salt 2tsp. dried oregano 3lb. chicken wings or less Assemble Sauce ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1small garlic clove, finely grated ½tsp. cayenne pepper ½tsp. cracked black pepperKosher salt ¼cup chopped…


Spicy Molasses Cookies

A delicious sweet and spicy cookie, that’s crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle. Makes about 24 large cookies. Baking time will vary. Mine took 15 minutes. Bake a little longer for crispier cookies or a bit less for chewier. INGREDIENTS  1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)2 cups white sugar2 large eggs1/2 cup molasses (not blackstrap)3 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. baking…


Mock Chopped Liver

recipe from Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking. Vegetarian, pareve, gluten free, kosher for Pesach Ingredients 6 tbsp mild-flavored frying oil, divided 2-3 medium onions, chopped1 lb white mushrooms in 1/4 inch thick slices3 hard boiled eggs, quartered1/2 cup shelled walnuts1/2 tsp kosher salt1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepperSliced scallions and/or butter lettuce (optional – for garnish)Matzo (to serve with – optional – use GF matzo if gluten free) Instructions…


SPICED MEAT With HUMMUS

(2 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil (1 lb) ground beef (1 tbsp) vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped (1 tsp) kosher salt, (1 tsp ) cayenne pepper (1 tsp) ground cumin (½ tsp) ground sumac (½ cup) beef or chicken broth or water (2 tbsp) tamarind paste (2 tbsp) tomato paste…


Four Layer Chocolate Log

Cake 1 cups (225 g) unbleached all-purpose flour1/2 cup (50 g) cocoa powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt4 eggs, separated2 cups (420 g) sugar1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract1 cup (250 ml) milk Ganache 10 oz (300 g) dark chocolate, chopped1 cup (250 ml) 35% cream1/4 cup (55 g)…


Banana Chocolate Walnut Cake

INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus 2 tablespoons, melted and cooled1 cup sugar, divided2 large eggs1 1/4 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 medium)2/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 (3 1/2- to 4-ounce) bar 70%-cacao bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped1 cup walnuts…


Sweet and Sour Meatballs

FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE:2 tbsp. canola oil1 medium yellow onion, minced1 15-oz. can tomato sauce the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugarKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFOR THE MEATBALLS:2 lb. ground beef chuck2 eggs, beaten⅓ cup long-grain white rice, parboiled for 3 minutes1…


BIG OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS 1cup butter1 1⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar2 eggs1teaspoon vanilla1 1⁄2 cups all purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 1⁄3 cups rolled oats1(12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate 1 1⁄2 cups nuts, chopped walnuts or pecans DIRECTIONS Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl of an electric mixer, until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla.In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking…


Slow-Cooked Bell Peppers

Bell peppers get sweet and silky when they slow-roast. Then use them to top ricotta toast, or serve as a side, or chop them up and mix into a salad. INGREDIENTS 4 red bell peppers, halved, seeds and ribs removed1/2 head of garlic2 sprigs oregano2 dried bay leaves1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil3/4 tsp. kosher salt…


Frozen Key Lime Pie

For the Crust:1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs1/4 cup sugar6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted For the Filling:6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature1/4 cup sugar1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk2 tablespoons grated lime zest3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 to 5 limes) For the Decoration:1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream1/4 cup sugar1/4…


Arugula and Caramelized Mushroom Salad

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided1 pound assorted cultivated and/or wild mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, etc.), trimmed of woody stems and thinly sliced1 tablespoon unsalted butterKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)4 cups baby arugula 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 teaspoons honey3…


Hermit Bars (on the softer side)

Instructions 1 cup  raisins 2 tablespoons  finely chopped crystallized ginger8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter (right out of the refrigerator) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 2 cups  all-purpose flour, plus more for the board 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon table salt 3/4 cup packed  dark brown sugar 1/2 cup  molasses  2…


Yotam Ottolenghi’s grilled pepper salad with cucumber and herbs.

  It works as a starter, with bread, as a side dish or as part of a meze spread. 4 green peppers, stems removed, deseeded and flesh cut into roughly 3cm pieces ( I used All Red Peppers )2 red peppers, stems removed, deseeded and flesh cut into roughly 3cm pieces4 medium vine tomatoes  cut…


Kit Kat Cake

      It’s really very simple to make. You’ll just need your favourite layer cake recipe (or a boxed mix), frosting, Kit Kat’s, and M&M’s   Frost a layer cake just as you would normally do- first one layer, then add the second and frost all the way around. Then stick Kit Kat’s all…


Cooked Red Pepper & Tomato Salad

Makes 3 cups INGREDIENTS 4 red bell peppers 1/4 cupextra-virgin olive oil 3 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 6), peeled, seeded and diced 4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoons salt, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste PREPARATION 1. Halve the peppers lengthwise. Remove…


Beef Stew / Shepard’s Pie

2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion diced fine 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 (28 oz can) diced tomatoes 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 2 pounds stewing beef cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup…


Gingerbread Biscotti

Ingredients 2-1/4 cupsunbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 tsp. ground ginger 1-1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. table salt 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup lightly packed candied ginger, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup molasses 2 large eggs 2 tsp. finely grated orange…


Orange- Chocolate Coffee Cake

This Macrina Bakery & Café coffee cake was featured on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets series, which showcases eateries across the United States that are creating “the most unique and exciting desserts today.” This moist, buttery cake is studded with roasted almonds, semisweet chocolate chips, and fresh orange zest. The Macrina Bakery has gotten calls…


Short Rib and Barley Soup

Ingredients 2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 1-inch chunks Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 medium carrots, split in half and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks 2 medium ribs celery, split in half and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks 1 large onion, finely diced 8 oz packages of mushrooms…


Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

Makes 24-30 cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped 3/4 cup toasted walnuts/pecans,…


Peach & Plum Crisp

5-6 cups sliced peaches 2 cups sliced plums 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Cooking spray 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup butter melted melted vanilla low-fat ice cream Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl;…


Rugelach

Ingredients Classic Cream Cheese Dough: 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 2 cups all-purpose flour (measured and sifted) Filling: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds 3/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup seedless raspberry preserves or jam (Sour cherry preserve is…


Grilled Italian Vegetables

INGREDIENTS ½ cup olive oil 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil Salt and ground black pepper 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 3 medium zucchini, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips, 3 small eggplants, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips,…


Roasted Potatoes

2 lbs large red potatoes dried and each cut into 8 wedges 1 tbsp cornstarch (This is key to them turning out so crispy) 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 tsp minced fresh parsley 1/8 tsp grated lemon zest 1. Adjust the…


Apple Spice Cake

Apple Snacking Spice Cake 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cake flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 2 large eggs 4 cups peeled, cored and chopped Granny Smith apples 1/2…


Vegetable Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup sweet potato (peeled and cubed) 2 cups carrots (peeled and sliced) 1 cup potato (chopped) 2 cups celery (chopped) 1 cup green lentils ¾ cup yellow or green split peas (or a mix or just use more lentils) 1 onion (chopped) 4 cloves garlic (minced) 8-10 cups vegetable or…


Caesar Salad with Portobello Mushrooms

9 drained canned anchovy fillets, minced 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium head romaine lettuce, cut into bit-size pieces 1 large head radicchio, cut into bite-size pieces 4 garlic cloves, flattened, peeled 3 large portobello mushrooms stems discarded,…


Avocado-Pesto Pasta Salad with Fresh Corn

INGREDIENTS kosher salt 1 lb. orecchiette pasta 2 ears fresh corn, husks removed 7 oz. basil or spinach pesto 2 avocados, pitted and diced Freshly ground black pepper 1 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish DIRECTIONS Bring an 8-quart stock pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta…


Salmon with Capers and Dill

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 lemons, juiced 2 tablespoons small capers, drained, chopped 1/3 cup dill leaves, finely chopped sea salt 1 side of atlantic salmon or fillets, skin on lemon wedges, to serve METHOD Combine oil, garlic, 1/3 cup lemon juice, capers and dill in a 9×12 pan…


Bubby Judy’s Mandelbrot

3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds 1/2 cup chocolate chips 3/4 cup toasted coconut, cooled. 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries beat eggs and sugar, add oil, vanilla, add flour and baking powder till a soft dough…


Tropical Slaw with Sweet & Sour Dressing

Ingredients 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons sugar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large, ripe mango, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded 3 green onions, green and pale green parts only, thinly sliced 1/4 cup roughly…


Tomato Salad with Feta, Olives & Mint

Ingredients 6 oz. feta cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish 4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices Kosher salt 1/2 lb. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into small dice 1/2 lb. bite-size tomatoes (cherry, pear, or grape) in assorted colors, halved 1/2 cup niçoise or kalamata olives (about 15), pitted…


Rice Noodle Salad with Avocado, Mango & Chile

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes) 1/4 cup mirin 4 tsp. Asian (toasted) sesame oil 1 tsp. minced fresh Thai bird chile or similar; more to taste 1 teaspoon salt 8 oz. rice noodles (not vermicelli) 2 firm-ripe Hass avocados (about 6 oz. each), diced 1…


Egyptian Barley Salad

From America’s test Kitchen. Do not substitute hulled barley or hull-less barley in this recipe. 1½ cups pearl barley Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ⅓ cup golden raisins ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro ¼ cup shelled…


Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado

Chopped salads are a beautiful way to show of summer’s terrific produce. Each ingredient is interesting to eat and taste, and together they combine to give you something even better. For the peppers and corn 2 large orange or red bell peppers 2 ears fresh corn 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly…


Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients 2 c. flour 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda pinch of salt ½ c. buttermilk or sour milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. lemon zest + 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. orange zest + 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 tsp. almond extract 3 eggs, at room temperature 1 c. sugar…